NEWS - GREATER ACCESS TO SYDNEY HARBOUR
Boating access to Middle Harbour has been significantly improved, thanks to a $385,000 upgrade of facilities at Tunks Park, Cammeray, the NSW Government said.
Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay and North Sydney Council Mayor, Genia McCaffery, officially opened the new and upgraded boating facilities yesterday.
McLeay said the upgraded boat ramp pontoon facility was fully funded by NSW Maritime under the Better Boating Program. “I am very pleased to officially open this new and improved facility for the benefit of local residents and visitors who enjoy recreational boating on Middle Harbour,” he said. “These improved resources will provide greater community access to our stunning harbour.”
The project involved replacing the old pontoon and jetty with a new concrete floating pontoon and gangway with disability access. The step at one end of the pontoon now gives greater access for passive craft such as kayaks and canoes, as well as reducing waiting times during launch and retrieval as well as ease congestion on the boat ramp.
McLeay congratulated North Sydney Council on its project management of the upgrades.
He said NSW Maritime had provided more than $25 million in grants supporting more than 470 projects across NSW since 1998
- from dinghy storage racks and boat ramps to jetties and vessel sewage pump-out facilities.
“These grants are about planning for the future and making sure the community has safe access to facilities which help them get out and about on our waterways,” said McLeay.
For more details on the grants program, click on www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/cv/infra_grants.html
Photos: New boating facilities at Tunks Park, Cammeray, on Sydney Harbour. NSW Maritime's Better Boating Program has funded a new concrete floating pontoon and gangway providing disability access, greater access for passive craft such as kayaks and canoes, and reduced waiting times during launch and retrieval at the ramp; NSW Minister for Ports and Waterways Paul McLeay (second from right) with North Sydney Mayor Genia McCaffery (centre) and (from left) Max Castles (Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW), Karen Higgins (NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officer) and John Burgess (Australian National Sportsfishing Association), on the new pontoon at Tunks Park boat ramp.